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i'm a Mac (and everything else) enthusiast. I took an old Vintage '89 Mac SE/30, took it totally apart, sanded the case, painted the entire case a beautiful black color with clearcoat that rivals most car paint jobs, then re-assembled it, completely loaded with RAM (64MB, via eight 4MB 30-pin SIMMS) and Hard drive (20 GB total, via two 10,000 RPM Seagate Barracudas) and then I installed NetBSD (kind of like Linux) on it.
I took it to DefCon and played capture the flag with that as my main attack console (CTF is a game where one group of hackers set up computers specifically to be hacked and tries to keep people out, while another group of hackers tries to get into as many of the servers as possible).
Imagine the looks I got in 1998. People are showing up with high-end gamer rigs. Neon lights in cases are not a $10 commodity item but some of the people have them. Shiny systems armed to the teeth with elaborate airbrushed jolly rogers, biohazard logos, or camouflage paint schemes... and I walk up, plop a decade-old compact Mac onto the table, fire it up, and it's running some flavor of UNIX of all things.
I love old computers. It's a shame this one had to go the way it did.
To see my collection of old computers (including some Non-Mac, Non-PC systems you probably never knew existed), see my nerdy retro-computing Blog:
A G3 is still